3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
U.S.

American Tornado Preparedness Has History Of 'Bad Advice'

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

Transcript

WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

Coming up, the strange history of tornado preparedness. Why exactly did they tell us to hide in the southwest corner of the basement? This is NPR News.

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3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
Author Interviews

'Nine Years' In A Baltimore Funeral Home

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

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When her beloved Aunt Mary passed away, 15-year-old Sheri Booker sought solace in an unusual summer job — at the Albert P. Wylie Funeral Home in the heart of Baltimore.

Booker's new memoir, Nine Years Under, describes the job that became a nine-year career and lifelong fascination with the business of burials.

"After Aunt Mary died, I felt like I needed closure," Booker explains. "I wanted answers. I wanted to make sure that she was in good hands, so I found a way into the funeral home, and it was only supposed to be a summer, but it ended up being nine years!"

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3:45pm

Sat June 1, 2013
Law

Court Prepares To Write New Chapters In Civil Rights History

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 4:42 pm

The Supreme Court is set to deliver opinions in cases involving affirmative action, the voting rights law and same-sex marriage.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

It's not unusual for the Supreme Court to find itself at the center of roiling national debates.

But this month, justices are poised to deliver blockbuster opinions involving three of the most divisive issues in the public arena. And in doing so, they will write new and potentially groundbreaking chapters in America's civil rights story.

Affirmative action. Voting rights law. Same-sex marriage.

By June's end, Americans will know if and how public colleges and universities may administer programs designed to enroll more minority students.

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3:20pm

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off Quietly

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy in October of last year.
NOAA

Today marks the beginning of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. Maybe it's a good sign, then, that it's pretty quiet out there. The National Hurricane Center is watching only a small wave near Mexico that has a low possibility of developing into a tropical system.

NPR's Debbie Elliott, however, reports the season is expected to be pretty busy. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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12:15pm

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

UN: Iraq Records 1,045 Deaths In May; Highest In Years

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has this grim piece of news today:

"According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,045 Iraqis were killed and another 2,397 were wounded in acts of terrorism and acts of violence in May.

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10:41am

Sat June 1, 2013
Code Switch

Haters Gonna Hate, As Shown On A Map

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 2:36 pm

Note: This post contains strong language, including racial and ethnic slurs.

Geography professor Monica Stephens has spent a lot of time putting haters on the map. Over at Humboldt State University in California where she is a professor, Stephens and a team of undergraduate students spent a year sorting through racial slurs on Twitter by location. And then she mapped them.

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10:04am

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

The Case For Vegetarianism, Delivered By A Toddler

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 3:29 pm

Luiz Antonio.
YouTube

This blogger will admit that he has struggled off and on with his decision to eat meat. He'll also admit that explaining the food chain to his 3-year-old daughter has produced more soul-searching.

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9:11am

Sat June 1, 2013
The Two-Way

On Second Day, Anti-Government Protests Swell In Turkey

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 1:04 pm

Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on Saturday, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

What started as a small protest against the redevelopment of a park in Istanbul, Turkey, has spread to other cities and turned into one of the largest government protests in recent memory. While numbers are hard to come by, Al Jazeera reports that about 10,000 people gathered in Ankara chanting "government resign" and "unite against fascism."

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9:03am

Sat June 1, 2013
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Stephen King, Daft Punk And Cannes

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 11:18 am

A native of Maine, Stephen King has used the state as the backdrop for many of his novels and short stories. In Joyland, however, he sets his scene in North Carolina.
Shane Leonard Hard Case Crime

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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8:30am

Sat June 1, 2013
Movie Interviews

Charting The Career Of The 'Evocateur' Of Talk

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Morton Downey Jr. was the loudest mouth on television. He treated guests like guys on the other side of the wrestling ring - bullying, hectoring and blowing smoke in their faces.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. SHOW")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Why?

MORTON DOWNEY JR.: Why? What the hell do you mean why? Are you nuts? Get him out of here. Get this guy out...

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